Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi Coast
For travelers who know and love the special beauty of Campania, what better place than the Amalfi Coast as perfect destination for the most relaxing vacation in Italy? Combining Mediterranean style and contemporary luxury to perfection, Amalfi’s Hotel Santa Caterina is for sure one of the most promising getaways that its visitors would surely enjoy and appreciate.
Built in 1850, this is the oldest of the Amalfi Coast’s grand hotels, just outside town on the coast road, and has been run by the same family for four generations. Such continuity pays off in serenity and in service that runs like clockwork. There is also a certain lived-in feel to this gracious 48-room mansion, which Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enjoyed during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Rooms in the main building feature patterned Vietri or white-tiled floors, early 19th-century antiques, and balconies looking over the sea toward Amalfi’s yacht harbor. Thirteen other separate accommodations are set around the verdant grounds, including four Garden Suites—our favorites are the Chalet Giulietta e Romeo, a little honeymoon cottage perched at the edge of the cliff amid the orange groves, and the Follia Amalfitana (Amalfi Folly), a romantic refuge with a sunken Jacuzzi on its panoramic terrace. Both these suites also have outside swimming pools. Two rock-cut elevators lead down through the cliff to the rocky bathing area and saltwater pool below. There’s also a spa and two restaurants, one more formal, the other beachy and casual, with a wood-fired pizza oven.
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